Flash back to 1988 and you’ll find Jason lamenting the demise of the real estate bubble and looking for a new business. A true entrepreneur, he saw potential in the future of the health and fitness industry and purchased a tiny aerobics studio on Beacon Hill. Shortly thereafter, he invited his childhood friend David Weis to join the business and together they launched the Beacon Hill Athletic Club. Jason fondly remembers the demolition stage of the construction project, once losing grip of an 8-lb.sledgehammer that sailed through the air and lodged in a wall within an inch of David’s head, and laughing hysterically when the latter fell through the floor up to his shoulders.
Jason is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and did graduate work (in geology!) at the University of South Florida. He lives in Newton with his two children, Allegra and Aiden and spends his non-working hours working out at the gyms, playing squash or spending quality time with his kids.
In 1966 David’s parents moved their large brood of four kids from Braintree to Newton. On move-in day the family down the street was having a birthday party for their oldest boy, and the Weis family was invited. Reluctantly and uncomfortable in his new surroundings, five-year-old David let his mom drag him three houses away to the Klein’s house. There he met Jason, and the two families became fast friends. Fast-forward 23 years and, both in their late twenties, they would open the Beacon Hill Athletic Club and begin a lifelong career as business partners.
David graduated from Cornell University with that most useful of Bachelor’s degrees, French Literature. He went on to study medical sciences at Harvard and Columbia, eventually deciding to enter the financial services industry. He spent 22 years in that business concurrently satisfying his more entrepreneurial bent with the BHAC. David met his wife Claire at the Newton Club in 2002; they have three children — Talia, Daniel and Alexander. In his free time he coaches his kids’ basketball, soccer, football and baseball teams and tries very hard to stay in shape.
Mark joined the BHAC family in 1996 fresh out of Springfield College. He graduated with degrees in both Exercise Physiology and Business Administration and has worked in all capacities at the BHAC rising through the ranks from front desk staff to personal trainer to assistant manager to manager to GM of the entire operation. Big Boy (as he is affectionately known) is responsible for all operational aspects of the clubs and is an equity partner in the company.
Mark and his wife Karen own a home in Melrose where they live with their three kids, Kelsey, Amy and Jake. When not working at the gyms or spending time with the family, Mark can be found working around the house or on the golf course where he aerates the fairways free of charge.
“Time flies when you’re having fun” is how Pete sums up his time at the BHAC. He joined our team shortly after our opening in 1989 and has been part of the family ever since. A master of customer service, Pete runs the always busy and so-clean-you-can-eat-off-the-floor Wellesley location. He graduated from UMass-Amherst and is also an equity partner in the company. Peter grew up with the club’s founders in Newton in the early ‘70s and is known for his infectious smile and over the top dedication to our members. A piece of advice he tells our members: “it’s not how much you lift or how fast you run a mile, it’s how you look and feel.” When not at the clubs or working out, you can find Pete under the hood of his 64′ Ford Galaxy or ’83 BMW.
Mark joined the Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs way back in September of 1997 after receiving a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from UMass — Lowell. He has a few more grey hairs now than when he started with us and now runs our largest facility while serving as club-wide director of our JumpStart and personal training programs. Like most of our staff, Diba is a huge Boston sports fan; his particular allegiance being towards the Bruins and the Pats. A self-described java aficionado, he lives in Brighton with his wife Jennifer and son Ryan.
JP’s got a tough job: the club he runs is not only one of our smallest but also one of our busiest. But members never complain due to Jay’s deft management and ability to keep everyone happy. Originally from Stratford, CT, Jay earned a BS in Exercise and Sport Science from Greensboro College in North Carolina.
When he is not at the club Jay spends his spare time chasing around his three daughters; twins Lila and Isabella and slightly older Macy. During the summer he enjoys camping and playing golf. It should be noted that while in school Jay worked with the Greensboro Bats, a minor league affiliate of the hated NY Yankees, and although he is now devoted to the Red Sox, Jay is an avid New York Jets fan. We know, we know…. what is he doing working here? But he’s also a NASCAR fan, so that explains a few things….
Lee joined the BHAC team after graduating from UMass Amherst in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. What started from buying a day pass to get a workout in while visiting the city has turned into a decade-long career with the company she now calls her second home. Growing up outside of Portland, Maine, Lee played field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse and coached at the high school level for many years.
Lee loves her work but in her free time (when she isn’t dreaming of ways to improve the clubs), she is on the beach with her dog and soon to be husband, enjoying life without kids — yet.
Jeremy joined the BHAC in March of 2008 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts. Originally one of our personal trainers Jeremy manages both the health club aspect of this location as well as our Mixed Martial Arts academy, Combat Sports Boston.
In his spare time you can find Jeremy outside, doing what it doesn’t really matter. Hiking, camping, baseball… give him a sunny day, a chair to sit in and a cold beer and he’s a happy man. Jeremy is also a diehard Patriots fan (who isn’t?), a fantasy football fanatic and the self-described reigning champion of the Red Hat’s Wednesday night trivia contest.
If you think the weather in Boston is rough, talk to Molly. She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services. She also studied theory and practice of personal training, athletic conditioning and group fitness and earned her personal trainer certification through the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Molly is a lacrosse jock and is active in many fitness-related fundraisers including the Trek Across Maine and the Patrick Dempsey Challenge.
The Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs are constantly seeking motivated, career minded individuals who strongly desire to excel in the health and fitness industry. If you posses these qualities and are ready for a new and rewarding career or a change of scenery, please Contact us today.